So today, I got home (I had like an hour of free time!!!!) and saw Hyperion, my Sonoran gopher snake, was out. I thought I'd carry him around while I made a salad for Wally (the bearded dragon), so I went in even though he started rattling his tail when I walked up. He started puffing as soon as the lid was off, but I've occasionally gotten him to calm down from that point so I took it slow and gradual. Anyways, I got myself bitten. Teensy little mark, but he drew blood this time and it feels pretty deep. 100% my fault for pushing him. My question is this: How much can Pituophis be socialized? Does anyone have a Pituophis that doesn't behave defensively at all when picked up? How'd you socialize the snake? Hyperion's usually pretty good, all I normally get is some rattling of the tail and he calms down right away once I've got him. After he bit me, though, he looked exactly like a rattlesnake.